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Aidan Vine QC

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Called: 1995

Silk Date: 2016



Aidan was educated at Oxford University (Lincoln College) and Cornell University in New York State (where he was a Telluride and Fulbright Scholar).  He joined chambers in 1995, and took silk in January 2016.


His practice includes public and private law children’s cases (often with an international element), vulnerable adults, conflicts of jurisdiction on divorce, matrimonial finance and cohabitation disputes, and civil litigation arising out of family law (human rights, local authority duties, and negligence).  Aidan combines his expert technical legal knowledge with a practical and empathetic approach to family law practice. 


Aidan is an external member on the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences and Humanities Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee, which is responsible for divisional ethical standards and procedures.


Aidan has previously been both a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal and visiteur d’études and temporary lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.



In care cases, Aidan is experienced in the most complex medical cases, including head injuries, fatal injuries to children and fictitious illness. He also has extensive experience of sexual abuse cases, and cases involving vulnerable and difficult adults.


He acts regularly in children cases with an international element, including habitual residence cases and other conflicts of jurisdiction, Article 15 transfers under Brussels II Revised and both public law placement abroad and private law relocation cases.


Recent care cases with a civil litigation element have included applications for injunctive relief against local authorities, child sexual exploitation injunctions, human rights damages claims and a claim to the European Court of Human Rights under Article 8.


Recent divorce cases have included conflicts of jurisdiction in both Brussels II Revised and non-Brussels II Revised cases.


In vulnerable adult cases Aidan has acted for local authorities as well as for family members.


In matrimonial finance, he is experienced in cases with conflicts of jurisdictions and international enforcement issues, as well as in cases with complex business assets and pensions issues.


He acts in cohabitation disputes, as well as in cases involving financial provision for children.



He is an editor of Butterworths Family Law Service and the author of its chapters on Jurisdictions and Human Rights.  He is also the author of the chapter on care proceedings in International Family Law Practice (Family Law).  He has lectured regularly on family law, including to the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats in 2011 and at Family Law’s International Family Law Conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2015 and Family Law Update Conference in 2016 and 2017.



Aidan Vine QC: A distinguished advocate who is experienced in matrimonial finance and children cases, including many with an international character. He has appeared with regularity in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and also lectures and publishes on family law matters. Chambers UK Bar 2018


"He is incredibly bright and his preparation is exemplary." "He is a real star in complex children cases involving jurisdictional disputes." Chambers UK Bar 2018


Vine is a skilled advocate who is experienced in matrimonial finance and children cases, often with an international element. He has appeared with regularity in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and also regularly lectures and publishes on family law matters. Chambers UK Bar 2017


"His skill lies in his intellectual approach to law." "He has an excellent manner with clients." Chambers UK Bar 2017


‘His advocacy style is pleasant and persuasive.’ Legal 500 UK Bar 2017


‘He has a brilliant legal mind and an amazing ability to see a clear path to solution in complex family situations.’ Legal 500 UK Bar 2016



GP (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1677 – Court of Appeal. 1980 Hague Convention. Article 13b. Grave risk of harm to child if abducting parent returned to home country to face imprisonment for child abduction.  


Re Z (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 157 (translation costs)


H (A Child) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam) (human rights damages, the legal aid charge and costs)


Re: H (A Child) (International Abduction; Asylum and Welfare) [2016] EWCA Civ 988, [2017] 2 FLR 527 (child abduction, wardship, return orders and asylum)


Re D (A Child) [2016] EWHC 1154 (Fam) (child abduction and Brussels II Revised return orders)


Ville de Bauge v China [2014] EWHC 3975 (Fam), [2015] 2 FLR 873 (divorce and Brussels II Revised lis pendens)


Re A and B (Children: Brussels II Revised: Article 15) [2014] EWFC 40 (Brussels II Revised transfer of jurisdiction)


Coventry City Council v A [2014] EWHC 2033 (Fam) (adoption, Brussels II Revised transfer of jurisdiction and confidentiality of birth from family members)


Re TG (Care Proceedings; Case Management; Expert Evidence) [2013] EWCA Civ 5, [2013] 1 FLR 1250 (care proceedings, expert evidence)


Re C (Interim Care Order) [2011] EWCA Civ 918, [2012] 2 FLR 251 (interim care order)


Re L (A Child: Media Reporting) [2011] EWHC B8 (Fam) (care proceedings, media reporting restriction)


Re B (Interim Care Order) [2010] EWCA Civ 324, [2010] 2 FLR 283 (interim care order)


A Local Authority v M and F [2009] EWHC 3172 (Fam), [2010] 1 FLR 1355 (care proceedings, disclosure and exclusion of father with parental responsibility from proceedings)


Re L (Adoption: Contacting Natural Father) [2007] EWHC 1771 (Fam), [2008] 1 FLR 1079 (adoption, confidentiality of birth from father)